Tekla Structural Designer Getting Started


Tekla Structural Designer is revolutionary software that gives engineers the power to analyze and design buildings efficiently and profitably. Fully automated and packed with many unique features for optimized concrete and steel design, Tekla Structural Designer helps engineering businesses to win more work and maximize profits. From the quick comparison of alternative design schemes through to cost-effective change management and seamless BIM collaboration, Tekla Structural Designer can transform your business.

To learn more about Tekla Structural Designer work through the getting started tutorial. Then watch our additional learning videos to gain more insight on special topics. Utilize the help and resources provided during this process.  After you complete your Tekla Structural Designer tutorial, please contact your account manager with any questions, comments or feedback.


Tips for a successful start

  • Workthrough the tutorial
  • Pick a simple past model to recreate
  • Focus on scope and big picture items
  • Contact us regularly with questions

Start Tutorial

This tutorial will walk you through:

  • Creating a steel model from scratch
  • Applying gravity loading
  • Performing a gravity design
  • Reviewing analysis results
  • Generating reports
  • Applying wind and seismic loads
  • Performing a lateral design

Get started with our step-by-step tutorial.  Work through modeling, loading and designing a steel framed building.  Learn more about the automated wind and seismic tools.  Gain the basic understanding needed to start your own project with confidence.  Click on the title to launch the tutorial website and register for an account to begin.


Generating Load Combinations

Gravity Loading

Modifying and Copying Loads

Snow Load Wizard



Modeling Made Easy


Generating Reports

Steel Design

Composite Steel Design


Concrete Design

Structural Slab Design

Punching Shear Design

Interactive Concrete Beam Design

Rigorous Slab Deflection Design



Reviewing Analysis Results


Foundation Design

Foundation Design Spread and Strip Footings

Foundation Design Pile Caps and Mats


Lateral Design

Response Spectrum Analysis (RSA)

Seismic Design to AISC 341

Automated Wind Wizard

Simple Wind Load Tool


Miscellaneous topics

Vibration Check to AISC DG 11

Integration with Tekla Structures

Integration with Revit

Excluding Members from BIM Integration

Show/Alter State Ribbon

Watch our series of videos on Tekla Structural Designer.  Each video is a short introduction to a given topic.  Explore all that TSD has to offer and learn how it can benefit your next project.

Guides and Resources

Product Guides Access the User Guides, Reference Guides and Engineer's Handbooks for Tekla Structural Designer

Support Videos Watch additional videos to cover deeper knowledge of select topics in the program

Archived Webinars Watch recordings of our monthly technical webinars for 1-hour in-depth discussions on select topics

DownloadsDownload the program and the add-ins to Revit; you must sign into a Tekla Account

Contact Us Email your account manager or tekla.support.us@trimble.com com for technical questions

Click on the resource buttons to access useful documentation and videos.  To send an email copy and paste the email address into your email client.

Check out these past webinars to learn more about Tekla Structural Designer.  

Getting information out of Tekla Structural Designer

  • Review design and analysis information graphically
  • Generate reports


Automating Gravity & Lateral Loading

  • Overview of the snow, wind and seismic wizards
  • Learn about the different wind panel options
  • Review wind and seismic drift results


What's New in Tekla Structural Designer 2017

  • Overview of the new features in this year's release


Slab Design in Tekla Structural Designer

  • Introduction to cast-in-place concrete slab design
  • Learn about pattern loading and applying reinforcing patches


Working with Diaphragms in Tekla Structural Designer

  • Overview of the different diaphragm options in TSD
  • Setting up properties and working with diaphragms
  • How to calibrate a semi-rigid diaphragm


Designing with Concrete in Tekla Structural Designer

  • Introduction to concrete design
  • Overview of batch design of beams and columns
  • Design of concrete shear walls


Modeling and Loading in Tekla Structural Designer

  • Introduction to getting started with TSD
  • How to start a model, add loads and run a gravity design


Integration between Tekla Structural Designer and Revit

  • Overview of the integration process
  • Starting in each program and sending a model to the other
  • Basics of integration and mapping